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Dna Profiles

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 1 May 2003, Official Report, column 524W, on DNA profiles, what estimate he has made of the number of people without previous convictions who will be affected by his policy of permitting the retention of DNA information from people who are arrested and then released without charge in the first year of operation of the new policy. [116277]

My earlier reply stated that it was estimated that in the region of 300,000 arrests would be affected by this change in policy. Further research work indicates that around 177,000 people could potentially be liable to have a sample of DNA taken in the first year who would not have been previously. However, it is not currently possible to indicate how many of these people may have previous convictions.